A Million Ways to Die in Prison

DEATH IN PRISON

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by Daniel Genis

Murder, suicide, illness, old age: These deaths stalk us all, but in prison, they collect us so much more cheaply.

Before my decade of incarceration, I had never seen a dead body. By the time I was done, I knew the many ways death can claim prisoners.

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It took two years of heroin addiction followed by five counts of armed robbery for me to get sentenced to  12 years in 2003. I had graduated NYU just a few years earlier and begun a career in publishing, but the addiction got the best of me. I may have expressed my contrition during the robberies enough for the newspapers to dub me “the Apologetic Bandit,” but the judge gave me the minimum of 123 months. I was released in February 2014 without meeting death, but I watched him pass often enough.

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The euphemism most commonly used by convicts for dying is to “be taken off the count.” We were all counted thrice a day; if it didn’t add up, everything stopped until it did. One way of legitimately coming off the guards’ count was to die. Release, pardon or the Rapture were other legal options. But death is most common.

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The three basic ways for prisoners to die are old age, disease or violently.

Violent ends can be self-inflicted, at the hands of fellow prisoners, or caused by the guards. Death by illness is often avoidable, but preventative care that could treat conditions that later kill doesn’t exist inside. And some procedures are not afforded prisoners. While they can donate organs, convicts cannot receive them. Medical neglect takes many lives as well. Expensive treatments for the elderly are usually avoided in favor of palliative care; there are two separate facilities for dying in New York state. All the junkies try to transfer to them, for the abundance of morphine.

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Old age is the saddest and rarest way to go; I witnessed it only once. Sentences making such outcomes inevitable were once rare, but many inmates are serving them now. I met a 20 year old with a sentence of 50 to life; he had used an army rifle to kill two pedophiles he looked up on the Internet and hoped to live long enough to make parole. Because he was a virgin.

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As prisoners die, every year there is a new oldest convict. In 2007, the oldest prisoner was 90 and dying. He was paralyzed from the waist down, a World War II veteran and had six weeks to live. There is a procedure called “compassionate release” allowing terminally ill men to die at home. He made the grade and we all said goodbye. But at the gate, the ancient man’s wheelchair was turned around. The compassionate release was cancelled and he was sent back to his cell. The pre-war records in Albany revealed a conviction the fellow earned at 16 before going off to war. Today it would be considered a felony, classifying him as a “two-timer” and therefore ineligible for special release. He died in his cell a few weeks later.

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Prison is a dangerous place to get sick. I spent four years in a prison where each handicapped convict was issued an underpaid inmate assistant. This arrangement demonstrated how easy it was to die. The invalid’s life depended on his helper’s good will. Using a finger to stimulate the paralyzed prisoner’s rectum, allowing him to defecate, was no doubt the least favorite part of the job. A cheerful convict was found dead by his devoted caretaker one morning. He cried crocodile tears, as it was his fault. The pair had argued, and the assistant ceased performing this most onerous of duties. The paralyzed convict couldn’t tell, and when he died a few weeks later, poisoned by his own feces, it was all written off as an accident. I happened to run into the superintendent the day we got the news, and blurted out a question in an unguarded moment.

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“Why did he need to be in prison anyway? He was 80 and in a wheelchair.”

The super stopped, took the time to remember the established reply, straightened his lapels and told me that “a man in a chair can pull a trigger just like you and me.”

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Meeting one’s end violently is the most common, however, whether at the hands of another inmate or one’s own. Harming oneself is against the rules. Early one morning I was passing out hot water, when a man showed me a bucket of blood from his slashed wrists and asked for help. The night before he bought a lot of crack-cocaine on credit with no way to pay, intending to kill himself after smoking. Then he lost his nerve and decided to live after all, and I called for help. He was saved, but there were consequences. First he served 90 days in solitary for breaking the rule against self-injury. Then he was returned to the same unit to face his debts; the drug dealer asked for this favor and got it.

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Obviously, incarceration increases one’s odds of a violent death. Living in a society openly governed by force with those who have demonstrated their familiarity with it increases the danger. There are steps to lower the risk: Don’t join a gang, don’t get high, don’t gamble or owe anyone—all fairly obvious. Also important: don’t join the dating pool or compete for the attention of homosexuals. If the most common reason for jailhouse murder is money, the second is jealousy.

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I did 10 years without being scarred; I fought infrequently, only when I had no other option, and mostly in the beginning. Nevertheless, I saw a man die 10 feet from me in my first year. I knew both killer and victim but not the reason. I knew only that the hit was commissioned; the man who took the contract was a specialist. He had come to prison with a parole date two decades away, but by the time I met him he would have to be Methuselah to ever see a board. With few other options, he became a hitman and killed many times. The victim was himself dangerous, and also the strongest man in the yard. He could lift a concrete table. But he couldn’t stop the shank to his heart.

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Before the crack epidemic expanded the prison population, “jail bodies” were not even prosecuted in court. In a rather frank appraisal of the value of an incarcerated life, killing a fellow convict was punished by time in solitary up until the mid-80s. The more cynical of the old-timer cops, whom I plumbed for stories they loved to tell, said that the convict-killers should have gotten medals for public service. These days murdering a prisoner takes the assailant to court. Short trials produce convictions and sentences, but the time is often run concurrently, not adding any time to the sentence. The bids are nowhere near the standard 25 to life judges hand out for intentional murder. Prisoners’ lives are just worth less.

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Getting away with murder, in prison’s claustrophobic and snitch-ridden environment, is hard but not impossible. Ground glass is put in food to cause internal bleeding, and nicotine concentrated by boiling can cause a heart attack. Foggy nights are good for stabbing. But if by chance you are a prison guard, avoiding detection is much easier.

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I was shown how much the value of my life had shrunk on my very first day in the state system. A notorious sex offender got off the bus with us. After processing in everyone else, the cops took him somewhere for a reminder of their thoughts on “rapos.” He was old, frail and handcuffed; 20 minutes later they had a crime to cover up. Something had gone wrong in that room and the guy was dead. His corpse was quickly re-shackled and returned to the bus. The paperwork was spotless: he had died in transit, the conjunction of a weak heart and long trip. I had nine years ahead of me and plenty of transit. Therefore I decided not to remember anything if anyone came investigating. But no one ever did.

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Suicide attempts are also common and many succeed. One left an image I can’t forget. One morning I got shampoo in a package. Because of an error, there were more of the blue bottles than I could use in the years left me. Selling off the extras, I saw my neighbor marvel at the scent and murmur that he wished he could afford one. Knowing the fellow to be both poor and harmless, I quietly gave him one.

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Later that day he made a call from the row of phones in the yard and reached his wife for the first time in six months. After their talk he went in and immediately hung himself. We later learned that she had left him and was hoping he would catch the hint.

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They discovered his body after it had had a few hours to hang. Removing it, the police grew tired of the dead weight and left it in front of my cell while resting, long enough for me to get a good look at his blue face. It was the same hue as the shampoo. I checked his cell and learned that he hadn’t tried it. They moved a new guy in that afternoon.

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A prisoner is a ward of the state while incarcerated, so the authorities are responsible for his safety and there are procedures to prevent suicides, which can get expensive for the prison and the state. The families of suicide victims often sue and can win large settlements. (But only for the family; inmates cannot be awarded more than $10,000 because of an  extension of the Son of Sam Law.)

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Once, when occupying a cell in near a phone, I saw the suicide prevention protocols in action. A boy fighting with his girlfriend exclaimed, “What do you want me to do, kill myself?” At that unlucky moment, his call was being randomly screened. A squad soon arrived to take him away, and I saw the sergeant punch him in the face even though he went quietly. He spent three days in a rubber room wearing a plastic smock before returning. I asked what the violence was for. It seemed that the cops knew perfectly well that he was not in danger of suicide but had to act anyway because of protocols, and the Sergeant resented his dinner being interrupted.

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When guards go off the count, things get hectic. The scorned party in a love-triangle, he blew his head off while serving overnight tower duty in 2007. He used the powerful assault rifle issued to all guards on tower duty. However, guns are never allowed inside prison walls, so the stairways to the towers are outside. The guard left a note, but the joint was shut down for days as investigators looked for a way to call this murder rather than suicide. It made sense with so many suspects at hand, less so with the tower entrance separated from them by a forty foot wall.

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Another way to die in prison that I did not list is officially; the death penalty in New York has not been used since 1963, even with the law bouncing back and forth. However, I did live in an old prison with a death house. I was once rewarded for some help with a visit to it, and sat in the electric chair for a moment. Apparently all of the staff had done it at some point, but as a prisoner my experience was rare. I did not feel the tortured souls of the departed but noticed that the viewing chamber for the witnesses was built much like peep shows are, emphasizing the observer’s dominance over the star of the show. Apparently, the staff held Halloween parties there.

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Now that I am free, I have Medicaid and doctors no longer assume I am malingering. I am not watched to make sure I swallow my pills. As a free man, even on parole, I can sense that my life has value again. Today, I’m less likely to die. And that feeling is priceless.

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3 Reasons why we’ll torture again

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by John Turley

As Shakespeare wrote in the Merchant of Venice, “truth will out.” The release of the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee was the long-awaited truth about one of this country’s most shameful chapters. Like water, truth has a way of finding its way out even against the determined obstruction. However, the question is what truth came out this week in the hundreds of pages of highly disturbing, and often disgusting, details of the “enhanced interrogation” program.

There are obvious “truths” about waterboarding being a crime and how torture is a poor vehicle for obtaining intelligence.

Then there are truths that are less obvious but equally clear in the pages of this report. Here are three such inconvenient truths that emerge from the Torture Report:

Truth #1: The CIA proved it is immune from legal restraints

As damaging as this report is to the reputation of the Agency, it reaffirms the underlying assumption that made the torture program possible: CIA officials enjoy effective immunity from the law.

The report details crimes that run gamut of the criminal code. It starts with torture itself that is not just a crime but a war crime. However, the report also details – and names some of those responsible – for destroying evidence, lying to Congress and obstructing investigations into the torture program. Former Director Michael V. Hayden is cited for actively telling employees to lie and for personally giving false information to Congress . CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin was expressly called on the Senate floor by Sen. Dianne Feinstein for giving false information to Congress. CIA General Counsel Scott Muller in 2003 is quoted as lying to the White House about the existence of videotapes on the interrogations. The report details false statement after false statement given by past directors and high-ranking officials to Congress, to the White House and to the American people. It also details how, after CIA were told about inquiries into the legality of the torture program, officials promptly ordered the destruction of video tapes to get rid of the evidence.

Yet, what did all of that prove? It proved that the CIA could commit all of these crimes, even war crimes, and not face a single federal charge. Not one. The only thing more chilling than the torture carried out in our name was the fact that it was carried out with utter impunity.

Truth #2: The Justice Department first facilitated torture and then obstructed its prosecution

One of the least discussed “truths” in this study is the ignoble role played by the Justice Department. During the Bush Administration, figures like Jay Bybee and John Yoo issued the infamous “torture memos” that gave legal cover for the programs. The only thing more tortured than the subjects was the legal authority used to justify their abuse. However, the report also details how the Bush and Obama administrations obstructed the investigation at every turn. Six months after Congress began to investigate the program and was demanding to interview key players, Attorney General Eric Holder suddenly announced the Justice Department’s own investigation under John Durham. As soon as the Justice Department investigation was announced, virtually every key player refused to speak with congressional investigators in light of the internal investigation. As expected, Durham later found that not a single crime could be found. Not in the destruction of evidence. Not in the false statements. Certainly not in the torture itself.

Holder and the Justice Department proved as much enablers as did their predecessors in the Bush administration. Soon after taking office, President Obama shocked many by going to the CIA and assuring employees that, despite his recognition of the torture, no one would be prosecuted. Holder and the Justice Department played as great a role in fulfilling that pledge as Justice did in facilitating the program itself.

Truth #3: Torture remains a question of effectiveness for many in government

Perhaps the most chilling truth is that the CIA and key American leaders continue to deny the very premise of both international and domestic laws. The key response of the CIA was to insist that the program was “effective” – the very rationale that is expressly rejected in the Convention Against Torture and other laws. It does not matter if torture was useful or productive. It is a war crime. We should know. We wrote that language saying that no nation can justify torture due to “exceptional circumstances” or effectiveness. Yet, the very agency that committed these crimes has continued to argue that those crimes were productive exercises.

The current debate over whether torture works reveals how far we have fallen as a nation in our view of this war crime. Not only does our embrace of torture threaten our own soldiers and citizens abroad, we have lost the moral high ground internationally. The truth is that torture could easily return to the United States so long as it is viewed as a practical question instead of a moral one.

Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, is a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors.

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Oly-Shelton Jams & Open Mic

Jazz was invented in 1902 by Jelly Roll Morton. Or, so Morton claimed to the editors of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. They believed it.

Ever since, this music has found itself at the center of controversy. The great pianist, Ignacy Paderewski, called it “a terrible revenge by the culture of the Negroes on that of the whites.” In the 1920’s, the editor of The Etude linked jazz to America’s crime rate. Russia’s Maxim Gorky described it in terms of “wild screaming, hissing, rattling, wailing, moaning, cackling.” “Bestial cries are heard,” he wrote; “Neighing horses, the squeal of a brass pig, crying jackasses, amorous quacks of a monstrous toad…” John Philip Sousa charged that “Some of it makes you want to bite your grandmother.”

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Robin Hood, Union, WA – open mic, 7:00pm – Wednesdays (360)898-4400; ask Tracey
Wed, Thurs, Sun 4-8 pm, Fri – Sat, 4-9pm, closed Mon-Tues [normal biz];
Dec. hours: Wed, 12/17, pub open, dining booked; Sat, 12/20 entire rest. booked — reopen 9:00 pm in pub for open mic
Xmas Eve: 4-8pm w/open mic; Thurs, closed Xmas day; New Year’s Eve: 4-9pm w/open mic (RSVP suggested)
6790 Washington, rte: 106, Union, WA

2 Margaritas Restaurant, Union, WA – open mic, (6-9 pm?) –  Sun (360)898-2462;
Hours: Sunday- Thursday 11am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm
5121 E. Hwy 106, Union, WA

Tugboat Annie, Westbay Dr, Oly, WA — open mic, 9:00 – 12:00 midnight Tuesdays (360)943-1850
2100 West Bay Dr, NW, Olympia, WA 98502

Grove Street Brewhouse — open mic/jam, 6-9, Thursdays (360) 462-2739 (family venue)
233 South 1st Street, Shelton, WA 98584
CLICK –> Jazz Jam article (alternate Sundays, 2-5 pm, starting January, 2015)
(e.g. Sunday, February 15, 2015 ala Traditions Vitam ‘J’ jazz open mic)

Rhythm & Rye — jazz jam 6-9, Thursdays (360) 972-2278 (9 pm Christmas 2014)
311 Capitol Way, Olympia, WA 98501 (led by Tarik Bentlemnsani)

O’Malley’s, Oly, WA (bowling alley) — open mic/jam, 6-9, Sundays (360)943-8807
Westside Shopping Center, 2200 Garfield Ave NW, Oly, WA 98502 (Blues Bentley band)

Oly’s Traditions Cafe, 2:30-5:30 pm, 1st Sundays (Jazz open mic) (360) 705-2819
300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501

Peace Band’s Jam @ Oly’s Percival Landing (Kissing statue) Fridays, 5:00 – 6:00pm
(Artesian Rumble Arkestra)

Presbyterian Church (Vince, horn player) open mic, 3rd Sun, 6 – 8 pm (360)432-8696
1430 E Shelton Springs Rd, Shelton, WA 98584

Fresh Start Deli, alternate Saturdays (e.g. 12-6-14) 6:00 – 8:00 pm (360)462-4620
2810 E Spencer Lake Rd, Shelton, WA 98584 (cooking classes also offered/held)
(organized by Mick & Laura McCartney, singer/songwriters – Rhythm & Sass,
rhythmandsass.com – (360)463-1840 (Mick’s cell); (360)801-7079 (Laura’s cell)

Alderbrook Restaurant (Vince & Heather’s open mic), alternate Fridays 6:00-9:00 pm (360)898-5500 (360)898-2200 (or maybe not–Alderbrook booker didn’t know them)
10 E Alderbrook Dr, Union, WA 98592

Oly’s Rhythm & Rye (by Tarik Bentlemsani) Thursdays @ 9:00 pm (360)705-0760
311 Capitol Way NE, Olympia, WA (or Scott Lesman)

Olympia Jazz Central (events & sessions)

***Please leave additional venues to be added in the ‘Comments’ below.***

 

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Anti-Poverty Laws Demonstrate Need for Jury Nullification

Jail or No Jail, ‘Outlaw Cook’ Will Feed the Poor

SANTA CRUZ — Sandra Loranger, a self-described “outlaw cook,” sentenced to jail for feeding the homeless, says her incarceration won’t stop her from serving soup and bread to the indigent in downtown Santa Cruz.

“I fully intend to continue making food available to the homeless in this community,” said Loranger, 49, who is to begin serving a 30-day jail term next Thursday at Santa Cruz County’s minimum-security facility for women.

Loranger, an antique store proprietor, was convicted after a three-day jury trial in June of distributing soup at a downtown mall without a permit from the county health department. She was sentenced to a 45-day jail term on Thursday but will serve only 30 days because of jail overcrowding.

During the trial, Loranger admitted she served food to the poor in an open-air mall regularly for almost three months, during which she was arrested four times. At one point, authorities said, Loranger and others involved in “criminal cooking” wore disguises to elude police.

Several other people are being prosecuted since a crackdown began last fall on illegal food giveaways, but the district attorney’s office declined to elaborate on the cases or number of people facing charges.

Loranger, the first to be sentenced on illegal cooking charges, was offered probation as an alternative to jail, but declined.

“Probation requires that you sign a statement that you will obey all laws,” Loranger said Friday. “Well, there’s a law on the books that I take exception to.”

She said her time behind bars would likely be spent working in the jail kitchen, where she could end up serving food to some of her homeless friends who are serving time for violating the city’s outdoor sleeping ban.

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How To Avoid Police Brutality While Black

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How To Avoid Buying Oly’s Stolen Musical Instruments

Olympia, WA (11-23-14) – Homelessness, drugs, @narchists, poverty, hunger, street violence…they all make for a volatile mix when it comes to public safety and hanging onto the blood of one’s labor. There is a nexus involving the above and a property theft network that stretches throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Olympia–perhaps especially Olympia, when it comes to the spike in car prowls, burglaries, bicycle thefts and related crimes. Professional car thieves…move over! Automobile chop shops now have competition in the form of stolen bicycle chop operations hidden in covert wooded encampments operated by gangs/’families’ of the homeless seeking an income from bicycles stolen from area residents, college campuses, shopping malls, and city streets. Even locked bicycles are not safe in public venues. It’s the new gold rush among the more criminally inclined poor and dispossessed. A surfeit of hypodermic needles gives stark silent testimony of how bad lawlessness in Olympia’s tenderloin district has become. City police seemingly are not able to control it. Area merchants complain, but some may be encouraging or even participating in the problem behind the scene.

Not only is heroin (now cheaper per day than marijuana or booze) plentiful on the city’s streets along with commercial sex, but stolen items hawked by many street denizens. Unfortunately, this includes expensive musical instruments and bicycles. Nor are the merchants of crime’s ill gotten gains necessarily homeless or poor. Some are shop owners, tavern proprietors, and landlords. Huh? Yeah–you heard right: Some of the master thieves are fences and business owners, even musicians and well known personalities familiar to the community.

Here’s how it typically works:  A self absorbed miscreant raised by indulgent parents/grandparents who was never held accountable for his/her actions as a child grows into a deplorable adult who thinks nothing of indulging him/herself at the expense of others. In a community over saturated with misapprehensions of entitlement, it’s easy for these grifters to delude themselves into believing all property is ‘theft’ and, thus, they are merely ‘liberating’ it. A habitual burglar in Brinnon, for example, will steal from homes only occasionally occupied in this remote rural area to fence the stolen goods to his pals in Lewis County who will pay him with drugs he then sells when he returns to Brinnon, etc. They, in turn, will transport the goods to a gas station, et al, in Portland where the stolen merchandise is sold to buyers who have a touch of larceny in their own heart. Today, the internet, Craig’s List, E-Bay, Amazon, and many other online auctions are used to fence the goods to unsuspecting buyers using the shield of anonymity or frequent name changes to shield the criminals from discovery. Sometimes the items, especially music instruments, are destined for Olympia, not Portland. There are 2nd hand stores in the State’s Capitol that knowingly sell them. Again, look for any buffed out or filed identifying marks, brands, make, labels, etc.

These operations needn’t be isolated to only fencing stolen goods, but can involve alternative payment in the form of drugs, alcohol, forged identity documents, marijuana, counterfeit currency, guns, and even other stolen goods. And, they sometimes involve business owners/shop keepers who appear to be simple proprietors manning tattoo shops, 2nd hand music shops, and internet traders. Evidence of identifying trademarks, brand names, and serial numbers being removed/defaced should be a red flag for any honest customers. But, the vendors of these purloined items count on the larcenous client as well as the fatuously ignorant.

How To Determine If A Musical Instrument Is Stolen:

Musical instruments can be large investments or have intensely sentimental value. With such an investment, it can be heart breaking when an instrument is stolen. It can also be a major headache to purchase a musical instrument only to find out later that it was previously stolen and must be returned, often for only a limited refund if a refund is available at all. This article lists the steps necessary to avoid the purchase of a stolen musical instrument.

Instructions

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      Buy from reputable sellers to avoid the purchase of a stolen musical instrument. This is one of the most important steps in the avoidance of stolen goods. If an instrument seems too cheap, there is a possibility that it may be stolen. However, do not turn down a good deal if the serial number checks out. But, a sophisticated well heeled fence may simply evade this kind of reasonable suspicion by refusing to discount the going price too deeply.

    • (b)

      Locate the serial number on the instrument. On most wind instruments, the serial number will be printed on the instrument near the mouthpiece. On string instruments, the serial number is typically printed on the inside of the main portion. String instrument serial numbers are typically visible through the left F-Hole if you are facing the front of the instrument. You may need a magnifying glass to see the serial number on some wind instruments. It is likely that you will need a flashlight to see the serial number printed inside most string instruments. The serial number will be a set of numbers containing anywhere from 2 to 6 characters.

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      Write down any specific remarks about the instrument in addition to obtaining the serial number. For example, if a string bass contains a band sticker on the back, write down a description of the sticker. You should also record the brand, model and other distinguishing features of the instrument.

    • (d)

      Enter the serial number at Tunevault.com, if you obtained it, to check if the instrument has been stolen in the past. Otherwise, this website also lists distinguishing features about each stolen instrument. People whose instruments are stolen often offer rewards for the safe return of their property. If an item has been stolen, it cannot legitimately be resold by even a shop or store owner. You cannot sell, in law, what you do not own. Once stolen, ownership NEVER transfers until the item is returned to its rightful owner. Like counterfeit currency, if YOU get caught holding it, YOU LOSE! This is a wager you don’t want to place.

    • (e)

      Check the website Screamingstone.com to see if anyone in your area has reported a musical instrument stolen. If their description matches the description of your instrument, you may want to investigate the matter further with the dealer and the person that reported the instrument stolen. People that list their instruments on this website typically offer rewards for the return of their property.

    • (f)

      Check with the dealer of the instrument should you discover that the musical instrument is stolen (whether or not you purchased it). The dealer from which you made the purchase will be able to find out who sold the instrument to them and further action can be taken. If your purchase was made from a private seller, you will need to contact your local police department to report the crime and take further action against the seller.

Tips & Warnings

  • Report stolen instruments as soon as possible to make it more likely that you will receive a refund.
  • If you buy a musical instrument, always register it with your school or through the dealership in case it is stolen from you.
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Duggins Hospitalizes Olympia’s Long Haired David

Violent Predator Released Into Olympia After Slap On The Wrist

Kiel S. Duggins

Olympia activist ‘long haired’ David Fawver

David, circa 2005 @ Oly’s Artesian

by Tahoe Jones

Olympia, WA (11-13-14) – RE: The dual assault on Long Haired David

David had told me of a person who owed his next door neighbor payment for a bicycle. The neighbor is disabled, and David took it very seriously. I was sitting on the leaf bench with Steven La’Fontaine, and David pulled up on his bike and parked it. offered us some cupcakes, which we declined, so he walked back to his bike to put them away. He stood there for a bit. That man apparently was walking by last night 11/13/14 at about 10:30.
David confronted him over the debt. There was an escalating heated argument. But then, the man broke off the altercation and walked away towards Franklin St.

I turned to Steven, and said that it looked like it was over, no need to intervene. The guy got about 15 foot away, then turned and rushed back and up to David. He grabbed David by the front of his vest, then while screaming in his face, slowly leaned both of them through the window. Both locked together.

I rushed over, and tried to pull the guy off of David’s chest, but they were so tight in each others grip, I could not move them at all. There were huge glass shards left hanging down. I feared they would come down on them and me, so I grabbed the biggest ones and yelled for the people behind me to pull them out. Three guys grabbed and yanked them together out of the opening.

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The guy ran off, again towards Franklin, his original direction before anything. I helped David over to the bench, he sat down, and was livid about the incident. There was no visible blood I could see. I went back over to the window to see what I could do about those hanging shards before someone else got hurt. As I turned back to look at David, he got up and took three steps towards the street, when Kiel ran out and punched David in the side of the head. It was a serious “prize fighter” stance and blow. Then he ran away around the corner. David was unconscious from the punch. He made no gesture to protect himself from his head hitting the street. He did not move at all. I rushed over beside him, counting seconds since I saw him go unconscious. he was out for 9 seconds. He was breathing, and finally responded when I said his name. I kept him from getting up until the paramedics showed up, but when they did, he insisted on sitting up. brushing bloody hair from his face, he slowly realized where he was, remembered the window.

At that point I stood back and answered OPD’s questions and whatever else I could do. The police chief said they had caught Kiel a couple blocks away on Fifth. I do not know the name of the first guy who pushed David through the window. It had been told to me twice, but I did not remember it.

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Duggins’ Earlier Assault On An Olympia Metro Bus Driver

(Circa 2-27-14) Man Attacks Olympia Bus Driver after Confrontation | Brutally Hit attacked by Passenger

Brutal Olympia Bus Attack Caught on Camera | Driver Get Beaten Terribly by Passenger

Brutal Olympia, Wash., bus attack caught on camera A simple route along the west side of Olympia became a ride from hell Tuesday afternoon.

Surveillance video from the Intercity Transit bus shows a horrific attack on a driver after a confrontation and yelling turned into a beatdown.

The video shows a man swearing and harassing passengers, which drew the attention of the driver.

“I told you once. I’m not gonna tell you again,” the driver said to the man, warning him to tone down his language or else he would be thrown off the bus.

Shortly afterward, the driver pulled the bus over and went to the back of the bus to get the man to leave.

“If you hit me in the face, we will fight to the death,” the man said to the driver.

The driver continued to tell the man to leave and he came close, standing right next to the open door. But the man would not leave and the driver eventually tried to shove him out.

The man then began to pummel the driver, hitting him more than two dozen times. One passenger tried to pull the man off but the man paused only long enough to mock the driver.

“You bleeding? Is that real blood? Let me taste it,” he said.

The man eventually left the bus and the passengers and the driver called 911. The driver went to the hospital. Suspect in custody after brutal attack on Olympia bus driver (w/video) A transit bus driver in Olympia is at home recovering Wednesday after he was beaten by a passenger.

Intercity Transit spokeswoman Kris Fransen says the driver suffered cuts, bruises and a fractured nose. He was treated at a hospital and released.

The 24-year-old passenger accused of beating the driver is being held in Olympia City Jail on investigation of third-degree assault. He has a court hearing Wednesday.

KOMO-TV reports (click–>REPORT) the Tuesday afternoon violence aboard an Intercity Transit bus was captured on the bus’s surveillance video.

After verbally warning the passenger to tone down his language, the bus driver stopped the bus and walked back to tell the man to leave.

In the video, the driver finally appears to try to shove the man out. That’s when the man started hitting the driver. One passenger tried to pull the man off.

When the man eventually left the bus, passengers and the driver called 911.

The driver has worked for the transit agency for seven years.

Surveillance video shows brutal attack on bus driver An Olympia bus driver was attacked by a rider after an argument between the two erupted. The violence was caught on camera Tuesday afternoon. WARNING:Video contains graphic language and some viewers may find it disturbing.

Police said the Intercity Transit bus driver was on his route on the west side of Olympia when he and a rider began to argue. The driver then stopped and ordered the man off the bus.

Surveillance video showed the two men at first pushing one another. The rider then began punching the driver in the face multiple times while screaming obscenities. The rider then fled.

Witnesses called police, but officers couldn’t find the attacker. He was found nearly two hours later at an IT transit center downtown after transit employees who saw photos of the incident recognized the man and called police. He was arrested and taken to the Olympia City Jail on third-degree assault charges. RAW VIDEO: Passenger beats bus driver in Olympia, Washington A surveillance camera captured a beating that injured a bus driver in Olympia, Wash.

Intercity Transit spokeswoman Kris Fransen says the driver suffered cuts, bruises and a fractured nose in Tuesday’s attack. He was treated at a hospital and released.

The 24-year-old passenger accused of beating the driver is being held on investigation of third-degree assault. He has a court hearing Wednesday.

After warning the passenger to tone down his language, the bus driver stopped the bus and walked back to tell the man to leave. In the video, the driver appears to try to shove the man out. That’s when the man started hitting the driver.

One passenger tried to pull the man off. Passengers and the driver called 911. The driver has worked for the transit agency for seven years.

NOTE: The video shows graphic violence, viewer discretion is advised. Video Captures Bus Passenger Attacking Driver Kris Fransen Attack on Bus Driver Bus Driver Attack Bus Attack Video Olympia Bus Attack Washington Crime Caught on Tape Crime News
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A surveillance camera captured a beating that injured a bus driver in Olympia, Wash.

Intercity Transit spokeswoman Kris Fransen says the driver suffered cuts, bruises and a fractured nose in Tuesday’s attack. He was treated at a hospital and released.

The 24-year-old passenger accused of beating the driver is being held on investigation of third-degree assault.

by Tahoe Jones (11-14-14)

Olympia, WA — When Kiel was first released after the bus driver beating, I went to him and tried to assess his condition and attitude. I decided to keep an extra sharp lookout over him, and warned any potential persons of the danger.

He was remote, and non-committal. Not quite what you would call stable. Two-three times a day I would see and talk with him a bit.

I spoke with Kiel moments before the first argument. He was walking by and I asked him where he was heading, did he have a place to sleep. He said he didn’t have one, and I made a couple of suggestions for cover. At that point the argument started, and Kiel walked off around the corner. I did not see him come back, and never expected anything like this. As far as I can tell, Kiel and the other guy did not know each other. Kiel was not involved in any way, before he rushed out and hit David.

Someone with influence, needs to make sure that he is not medicated, cleaned up and certified out the door, into our laps again. He was gone 90 days for that bus driver beating. The powers that be, will see this as a “lesser” offence, if you let them. And put him back out. Don’t let them do it. I for one, am tired of watching over him. Waiting.

Long Haired David Fawver hospitalized following altercation

by Amelia Dickson (Daily Olympia journalist)

Downtown Olympia activist David Fawver, who goes by the name Long Haired David, was hospitalized Thursday night following an altercation outside of Cafe Love, according to the Olympia Police Department.

Kiel S. Duggins, a 24-year-old Olympia man, was arrested for second-degree assault following the incident, and is being held at the Thurston County Jail. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch set bail at $50,000 at a Friday afternoon court appearance.

Department spokeswoman Laura Wohl said the altercation began with a dispute over a bicycle in front of the cafe, located on the 200 block of Fourth Avenue. Fawver and another man began shoving each other and fell through the cafe’s front window.

Several people rushed forward and pulled the two men out of the glass, Wohl said. When Fawver stepped back onto the sidewalk, he stumbled into Duggins, who had been watching the altercation.

Duggins responded by punching Fawver in the head, causing Fawver to lose consciousness.

“It sounds like he just hauled off and hit him,” Wohl said. “And he hit him pretty hard.”

Fawver was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with a concussion and broken facial bones, Wohl said.

According to the Olympia Police Department, Duggins is the same man who assaulted an Intercity Transit bus driver Feb. 25. The man was sentenced to eight months in custody Sept. 25 with credit for time served.

Hirsch made note of the previous case during the Friday afternoon court appearance, and cited it as a reason for the high bail.

Rob Richards, program manager for the Downtown Ambassador Program, said one of his employees has been in contact with Fawver since the incident, staying with him overnight in the hospital. He said Fawver regained consciousness, and was released from the hospital Friday afternoon.

“This morning he asked my employee to contact a glass shop so that he could pay for the replacement of Cafe Love’s window,” Richards said. “He felt so bad that the window was broken that he wanted to pay for it. So I know he’s going to be OK.”

Fawver’s friends and community members donated enough money to cover the cost of the window replacement on Friday, Richards said.

Fawver became a fixture of the community in 1998 when he co-founded the Emma Goldman Youth and Homeless Outreach Project, Richards said. Since then, he has continued his work with that project and other organizations.

He’s also been a proponent of needle exchange programs, launching a one-man protest when Thurston County cut back its program in 2005.

“He’s always been a figurehead and a well-respected, beloved person in the downtown street community,” Richards said.

Tahoe Jones, a voluntarily homeless activist, is a friend of Fawver’s and witnessed the incident around 10:45 p.m. He said two giant shards of glass were hanging down after the first man grabbed Fawver after an argument and pushed him through the window. However, a second man rushed over and punched Fawver in the head, knocking him out cold, Tahoe said.

“It was totally out of the blue,” Tahoe said.

Cafe Love co-owner Joe Hickox said the plate glass window measured 9.3 feet tall by 3.6 feet wide. He is miffed at paying a $250 insurance deductible, but glad to learn Fawver is recovering and will return to the downtown community.

“He’s a nice guy. Everybody knows him,” Hickox said. “He’s out there helping people all the time.”

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Gold Dust Woman

We’ve all known someone who is remarkable by virtue of being totally indifferent to the suffering of those they manipulate in their belief worrying about work should be avoided at all cost because somebody else will always take care of that–and if you haven’t, then you should. Life would be incomplete without one Cecilia or Gold Dust Woman to grant us perspective. After all, without them, how would we ever appreciate the genuine and true lover in our lives?–be they homespun and plain, artists or masters of refrain, divas or sultry dames, fundamentally…they’re all the same.

Rock on Gold Dust Woman.
Take your silver spoon, dig your grave.
Heartless challenge, pick your path and I’ll pray.
Wake up in the morning,
See your sunrise loves go down.
Lousy lovers pick their prey but they never cry out loud.
Did she make you cry? Make you break down?
Shatter your illusions of love?
And is it over now? Do you know how? Pick up the pieces and go home.
Rock On ancient Queen–follow those who pale in your shadow.
RULERS MAKE BAD LOVERS.
You’d better put your kingdom up for sale…up for sale.
Did she make you cry?
Make you break down?
Shatter your illusions of love?
Well, is it over now? Do you know how? Pick up the pieces and go home.
Well, did she make you cry?
Make you break down?
Shatter your illusions of love?
Now tell me, is it over now?
Do you know how? Pick up the pieces and go home.
Go home.
Go home…..

JUBILATION!–She Loves Me Again!!

Woman gets life for killing, cooking neighbor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – A Florida woman accused of cooking her neighbor after strangling and dismembering him has been sentenced to life in prison.

A Volusia County judge sentenced Angela Stoldt, 42, on Dec. 5. She was previously convicted of first-degree murder.

Authorities say Stoldt tried to cremate 36-year-old James Sheaffer’s body in April 2013 by putting several body parts in an oven and in pots on the stove. When that didn’t work, she put his body parts in bags and threw them in the trash.

Authorities say Stoldt relied on Sheaffer for money, although their relationship was platonic, and that money was the motive for the murder.

According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Stoldt said she killed Sheaffer in self-defense.

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Private ‘Probation’ Corporations Bleed Poor Dry

DEBTORS’ PRISONS AMERICAN STYLE

This is the story of Hali Wood (et ux), a seventeen-year-old from Columbiana, Alabama who is deeply in debt to the private probation company, JCS.

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90-Year-Old Florida Man Cited for Feeding the Homeless

FT. LAUDERDALE: “If you’re poor–just STOP being poor!”

[Like Olympia’s Ben Charles, a resolute native American pastor with a street ministry that insists on feeding the hungry in the face of municipal opposition, Good Samaritans are under attack by ordinances across the nation making poverty a virtual crime and those who attempt to assist the poor, criminals.]

by Katie Zavadski

Fort Lauderdale, FL (11-4-14) — Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, wasn’t kidding about its new law, which established strict regulations on where organizations can feed the city’s homeless residents. Two local pastors and 90-year-old Arnold Abbott were cited for violating the ordinance Tuesday, and each face up to 60 days in prison and a $500 fine.

The city has about 10,000 homeless residents, but as of last month, outdoor food stands need permits or special permission and can’t be closer than 500 feet to a residential property. (Owners must also provide toilets.) Proponents of the law say that distributing food to the needy is “sanctioning homelessness.”

These restrictions don’t sit well with Abbott, who runs a nonprofit called Love Thy Neighbor, which he founded after his wife’s death. He intends to be out there feeding the homeless again on Wednesday, whether the police cite him again or not.

Volunteers with Love Thy Neighbor were given notices to appear for sharing food with homeless people under Fort Lauderdale’s new “sharing ban” regulations. They were forced to shut down the sharing and relocate to private property. Unfortunately the people most in need of food aid are in this area where the sharing ban enforcement is being focused…

[“But, if you feed them, they will come! The poor have no ‘skin’ in the game!” Yeah, that’s the problem with the poor, they have too much skin left.]

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